Beautiful upgrades, but would not repeat for cool climate cruise
Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York
Sail Date: September 09, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 11619
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 11 months ago
I convinced my husband to try Norwegian after a great experience on the Breakaway. Even with all of the beautiful upgrades, the boat lacks a good flow on the common floors and lacks a lot of interior common space during cool weather. We took a Holland America cruise to Alaska and still felt that we could enjoy the outdoors and scenery while staying warm. Not so on the Dawn. I would recommend HA for a cool-weather cruise.
I also told my husband there would be more young people on Norwegian than on HA; perhaps it was the time of year, but there were only a handful of "30-somethings". We were looking forward to a more vibrant crowd...
The lines were very long and disorganized at ports. Especially Gaspe with a Tender and Disembarkation. Poor communication.
The staff was very friendly with our daughter (age 2) but the kids menu was quite poor: fast food type items (chicken fingers/mac n cheese/pbj/pizza) all served with potato chips and did not change from restaurant to restaurant. No veggie or fruit options whatsoever. I would have given her more of my food, but the wait for each course made this difficult for a little one.
Certainly not the same experience that I had with the Breakaway in 2013...
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Beautiful ship but at capacity its very cramped. Would not recommend for a cool-weather cruise. Not enough common areas that stay warm.